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Under the watchful eyes of the bodyguards, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, delivers a speech in a conference for supporting the Palestinians in Tehran, Iran, Friday, April 14, 2006. Ahmadinejad called Israel a “rotten, dried tree” that will be annihiliated by “one storm.”

ASSociated Press: Iran Leader: Israel Will Be Annihilated

The president of Iran again lashed out at Israel on Friday and said it was “heading toward annihilation,” just days after Tehran raised fears about its nuclear activities by saying it successfully enriched uranium for the first time.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel a “permanent threat” to the Middle East that will “soon” be liberated. He also appeared to again question whether the Holocaust really happened.

“Like it or not, the Zionist regime is heading toward annihilation,” Ahmadinejad said at the opening of a conference in support of the Palestinians. “The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm.”

And what do you suppose the “one storm” is?

And…..do you really think Iran is enriching uranium to power nuclear power plants generating electricity?

The POINT OF NO RETURN for the United States and Israel is fast approaching.

The Quotes:

Ahmadinejad provoked a world outcry in October when he said Israel should be “wiped off the map.”

On Friday, he repeated his previous line on the Holocaust, saying: “If such a disaster is true, why should the people of this region pay the price? Why does the Palestinian nation have to be suppressed and have its land occupied?”

The land of Palestine, he said, referring to the British mandated territory that includes all of Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, “will be freed soon.”

He did not say how this would be achieved, but insisted to the audience of at least 900 people: “Believe that Palestine will be freed soon.”

“The existence of this (Israeli) regime is a permanent threat” to the Middle East, he added. “Its existence has harmed the dignity of Islamic nations.”

The chief of Israeli military intelligence, Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, was quoted Wednesday as saying Iran could develop a nuclear bomb “within three years, by the end of the decade.”

The United States and Israel will not wait three years. More than likely, President Bush will await the April 28th United Nations Security Council deadline.

If Russia or China vetoes a sanction resolution, the Iranian nuclear crisis will be handled with European allies.

Flap handicaps economic and travel sanctions first with later an embargo of technology and manufactured materials.

Stay tuned…..

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Iran Nuclear Watch: Russia to Host New Talks on Iran

Iran Nuclear Watch: Rice – “United States Will Look at the Full Range of Options Available to the United Nations.”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Ahmadinejad – “We Won’t Hold Talks With Anyone About the Right of the Iranian Nation (to Enrich Uranium)”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Could Produce a Nuclear Bomb in 16 Days

Iran Nuclear Watch: Condoleezza Rice – Iran Uranium Enrichment Will Require “Strong Steps” from the United Nations Security Council

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran to Move to Large-Scale Uranium Enrichment

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Cannot Confirm Uranium Enrichment Claim

Iran Nuclear Watch: Mark Steyn – Facing Down Iran

Iran Nuclear Watch: Ahmadinejad – “Iran Has Joined the Club of Nuclear Countries”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Producing Enriched Uranium

Iran Nuclear Watch: Ahmadinejad – “Iran Won’t Back Down ‘ONE IOTA’ in Nuclear FLAP

Iran Nuclear Watch: Bush – “Wild Speculation”

Iran Nuclear Watch: White House Dampens Talk of Iran Military Strike

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran – “United States Engaged in Psychological War”

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Nuclear Attack on Iran – “Not on the Agenda”

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Considers Use of Nuclear Weapons Against Iran – Redux

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Considers Use of Nuclear Weapons Against Iran

The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.


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California state Controller Steve Westly speaks at a news conference where he endorsed California proposition 82, the preschool for all initiative, at the Children’s Institute in Los Angeles, California, April 12, 2006. Westly is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor of California in the June 2006 primary election.

Sacramento Bee: Field Poll: Ads push Westly past Angelides

Controller surges to an 11-point lead, but many Democrats still on fence.

Riding the crest of an effective television ad campaign, state Controller Steve Westly has grabbed the momentum in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, turning an 8-point deficit in February into an 11-point lead over Treasurer Phil Angelides, according to a new Field Poll.

Westly, the multimillionaire former eBay executive, is topping Angelides, the one-time Sacramento real estate developer, in every area of the state and among every subgroup of California residents in jumping to a 37 percent to 26 percent lead, Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo said Thursday.

The beginning of the end of the Angelides campaign. Westly is more personable, better looking and has sharp media. the old lefties supporting Angelides will abandon ship like rats.

Is this a favorable trend for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Probably….because Angelides will now go NEGATIVE out of desperation.


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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov answers a question during his news conference with Albanian counterpart Besnik Mustafaj, unseen, after their talks in Moscow, Wednesday, April 12, 2006. Russia joined the United States on Wednesday in criticizing Iran after its president said Tehran had successfully enriched uranium for the first time, a potential step toward developing nuclear weapons, news agencies reported.

ASSociated Press: Russia to Host New Round of Talks on Iran

Russia will host another round of talks next week with the United States, the European Union and China on Iran’s nuclear program, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.

The talks will be held in Moscow on Tuesday, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Krivtsov.

China said Thursday that Cui Tiankai, assistant to Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, would visit Iran and Russia on April 14-18. Russia and China, which have strong economic ties with Iran, have opposed the U.S. push for international sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns will also be in Moscow on Monday for a meeting of political directors of the Group of Eight, the U.S. Embassy said.

The IAEA is scheduled to report to the United Nations Security Council in two weeks on the 28th. The United States and Britain will then push for economic and travel sanctions against Iran.

Wll Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s latest bloviations about Iran’s uranium enrichment be enough of a portent of a “madman having WMD” for China and Russia, so they will not veto the resolutions?

Possible.

China and Russia may have realized they cannot control their trading partners in Iran and that nuclear-tipped Shabab-3 missiles, indeed, have the range to reach their homelands.

Mohamed ElBaradei, the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, visited Tehran on Thursday and pushed Iranian officials to suspend uranium enrichment until questions over Tehran’s nuclear program have been resolved. But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran will not retreat “one iota” on its uranium enrichment.

Stay tuned…..

Previous:

Iran Nuclear Watch: Rice – “United States Will Look at the Full Range of Options Available to the United Nations.”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Ahmadinejad – “We Won’t Hold Talks With Anyone About the Right of the Iranian Nation (to Enrich Uranium)”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Could Produce a Nuclear Bomb in 16 Days

Iran Nuclear Watch: Condoleezza Rice – Iran Uranium Enrichment Will Require “Strong Steps” from the United Nations Security Council

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran to Move to Large-Scale Uranium Enrichment

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Cannot Confirm Uranium Enrichment Claim

Iran Nuclear Watch: Mark Steyn – Facing Down Iran

Iran Nuclear Watch: Ahmadinejad – “Iran Has Joined the Club of Nuclear Countries”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Producing Enriched Uranium

Iran Nuclear Watch: Ahmadinejad – “Iran Won’t Back Down ‘ONE IOTA’ in Nuclear FLAP

Iran Nuclear Watch: Bush – “Wild Speculation”

Iran Nuclear Watch: White House Dampens Talk of Iran Military Strike

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran – “United States Engaged in Psychological War”

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Nuclear Attack on Iran – “Not on the Agenda”

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Considers Use of Nuclear Weapons Against Iran – Redux

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Considers Use of Nuclear Weapons Against Iran

The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.


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